3/4 EMT Rails on a BassTracker

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by sarSWAMPFOX, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. sarSWAMPFOX

    sarSWAMPFOX New Member

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    After a question about if you can make hand rails out of EMT conduit I had a friend ask me to make a set for his BassTracker. I have done it before on my boat as well as others. So I said I would if I could take pictures and post them on here for all to see. He said ok so here we go.
    The material list for his boat called for 60' of 3/4 EMT conduit, 32 each #10 self-tapping screws, and 36" of 1 1/4 X 1 1/4 X 1/8 angle iron. Total price here $40.67 Tools we used to fabricate 3/4 EMT foot bender, portable band saw, 4" heavy vise , 200 amp stick welding machine, 1 lb 6011 X 3/32 electrodes, screw gun w/ 5/16" driver, and a 16 oz hammer. First I want to show the BassTracker before Picture & my HappyTraveler after picture.
     

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  2. sarSWAMPFOX

    sarSWAMPFOX New Member

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    I'm not as much going into all the measurement details as this is different from boat to boat but principle points normaly stay the same. Some times you need more than a 10' stick of EMT this is how I accomplish this. I use an item not on the materials list because I had several at my shop and didn't need to buy them. The item is 1/2" spt close nipple to scope inside the joints of two pieces of 3/4 EMT.
     

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  3. sarSWAMPFOX

    sarSWAMPFOX New Member

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    Before welding my TEEs or Ys I flattin the EMT on the end I plan to weld. This doubles the thickness of the piece I want to weld and saves a bunch of notching. With TEEs I flattin 1" of the end. With Ys I flattin 2" of the end. I tack the flattin piece to the rail on each side of the flat then bend the exposed end over the rail then weld it around the end. Make sure no holes for water to enter cause water filled EMT is no good. To make sure I seal all holes even pin holes spray the intire system when complete with pick-up bed liner, It bonds well with EMT ,It seals, and IT also gives a textured grip to the rails.
     

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  4. sarSWAMPFOX

    sarSWAMPFOX New Member

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    I also flattin the bottoms of my pickets then bend them to the angle I need to mount them to the boat. The length of flatteded area may deffer from one location on the boat to another.
     

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  5. sarSWAMPFOX

    sarSWAMPFOX New Member

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    More mounting pics.
     

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  6. sarSWAMPFOX

    sarSWAMPFOX New Member

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    I cut the 1 1/4 X 1 1/4 X 1/8 angle iron into 1 1/2 " pieces then weld them on were I want rod holders to mount. Then drill a hole in it to fit the rod holder shaft. Here are some pics of the rear rails as we put the rod holders on but they haven't been tightened yet so they look funny.
     

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  7. sarSWAMPFOX

    sarSWAMPFOX New Member

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    OK I left plenty of room for question and I will try to answer if I can. Here is what the BassTracker looks like now.
     

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  8. crackers

    crackers New Member

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    Those pictures were very informative, and inspiring too going to put EMT on my pontoon as soon as i can will try to post pictures too. the use of a 1/2 nipple to extend the length is a great idea thanks for that and the pictures great looking job too. Cheers jerry
     
  9. BoxxerBoyDrew

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    SUPER AWESOME POST!!!! :dribble: GREAT INFO!! :0a31: THANKYOU
    Andy
     
  10. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    JD that is an Awesome job. Great Pics. Thanks for sharing.:lol::big_smile:
     
  11. CarolinaCats

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    NOw that right there is the ticket! Excellent write up as well!
     
  12. hoso95

    hoso95 New Member

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    nice job.It really looks versatile
     
  13. TWEEDER

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    Sweet job JD, that's Lewis's Basstracker right? I seen him trolling for crappie with it, rods out every way you can think of. You should post a pic of it with the pedistol seats up, it puts the rod handles right there at the perfect height. Can you do some thing like that on a 14' Monark jon boat? At least the rear drifting rail. Thanks again for the informative post.
     
  14. sarSWAMPFOX

    sarSWAMPFOX New Member

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    Yeah you got the boat right. He spider fishes for crappie with 8 rods off the front. And it does put the rod handles at the right height to just swivel around and set the hook. Jon boats not a problem. Bring it down and we'll take some measurements. Bring your camera and we'll put the pictures on here for everyone to see.
     
  15. wannafish

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    nice job , would be nice to be that talented .
     
  16. catfisherokie

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    thats some great info there!
     
  17. cliff n york

    cliff n york New Member

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    great post nice pictures,hand rails should help with kids are older people like me.
     
  18. Trapper-steve

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    Great idea.:good:
     
  19. thunderchicken

    thunderchicken New Member

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    Great idea, post, and the pics are awesome. It adds a lot of versatility to the boat. Your workmanship is excellent. Wish I was creative like that.
    :glasses-cool:
     
  20. boombalaty

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    Dude! That looks amazing! Very nice job.